ROBERT A. CALVERT, Editor
Atlas of Texas. By Stanley A. Arbingast et al. (Austin: The University
of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Business Research, 1976. Pp. 179.
The Atlas of Texas has served teachers, students, businessmen, and
many others as a valuable reference for over twenty years. Students of
Texas history should find the most recent edition, prepared for the na-
tion's bicentennial year, even more useful than its predecessors.
As with previous editions, the 1976 Atlas has sections depicting the
state's location and physical setting; population; transportation, educa-
tion, and recreation; agriculture; and mining and manufacturing. Each
section contains numerous thematic maps, most of which are projected
on a base map with county boundaries. There are some new maps, in-
cluding two large, folded, insert maps of Texas geographic regions and
population density. Some maps have special relevance to recent Texas
history, including, "Major Texas Hurricanes: 1854-1970"; "Rural Pop-
ulation: 1940, 1970"; "Population by County: 1900oo, 1920, 1940, 1960";
"Motion Pictures Made in Texas, 1923-1975"; and "Cotton Produc-
tion: 1899, 1929, 1965, 1974." Several tables and a few photographs and
wildlife drawings supplement the maps, and the title page of each sec-
tion is appealingly illustrated with a sketch from Buck Schiwetz' Texas.
The most eye-catching illustrations of the entire volume, however, are
the color photographs of Guadalupe Peak and McKittrick Canyon on
the front and back covers.
The most interesting part of the Atlas for readers of this journal
should be the new twenty-seven page section on culture and history.
The maps in this section are well designed and the sources on which
they are based well documented. Several of these maps are a result of
the meticulous research and fieldwork of historical geographer Terry
Jordan, such as "Population Origin Groups in Rural Texas." There are
maps depicting the distribution of generic place names; ethno-linguistic
distribution of Indians; Spanish missions, presidios, and roads; land
grants and political divisions, 1821-1836; traditional house building
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101206/. Accessed July 3, 2015.